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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Holiday Cheapskate

by Salzator Lansing
Holiday Cheapskate In the season of giving, it’s hard to determine: Will you forgive me or think that I’m vermin If I don’t buy you a present this year? So I’ll spend the month in perpetual fear. Please don’t feel sore if I skip you, my friend. It...
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Thursday, December 11,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

In the (Saint) Nick of Time, Pt. 1

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Dec. 11 — Happy Holidays, fellow readers! You know the end of the year is nearly upon us when I start in on my favorite reads roundup. I'm taking a slightly different approach this time, I've come up with seven categories of books I read the most, and picked my favorite three titles of 2014 in each. Not "the best" titles - that's way too subjective. Just the three in each genre that gave me the greatest pleasure to read and stayed with me the longest after I finished. Starting with four categories this week, I'll finish with three more next week. And as always, I cheated a bit by throwing in some deserving Honorable Mentions. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Last minute gift guide: Baby’s first christmas

How to help new parents make the holidays special

by City Pulse Staff
After a particularly long, cold winter like Lansing had last year, baby rates tend to spike the following year. Funny how nature works. That means a whole generation of ice storm babies are getting ready to celebrate their first holiday season.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

The billionaire up there

Tuesday, Dec. 16

by City Pulse Staff
The 19th national tour for “Annie” makes its way to East Lansing next week, 37 years out from its debut on Broadway in 1977. Its origins go back further still if you consider the beloved Depressionera comic “Little Orphan Annie” the musical was based on. The comic’s author, Harold Grey, probably had no clue back in 1924 when the strip debuted that his cartoon would be responsible for inspiring timeless hit songs like “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Maybe” and the eternally optimistic “Tomorrow.”
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Mario world

The voice of the Detroit Tigers reflects on 20 years in the big leagues

by Bill Castanier
In 1995, Mario Impemba had been calling play-by-play in minor league baseball for eight years and he was wondering how much longer he could last. Then he got a call from the Angels — that would be the major league baseball team based in Anaheim. Although his story does make it seem like someone was looking out for him.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

‘Miracle’ workers

Williamston Theatre delivers near perfect holiday show

by Paul Wozniak
The antique furniture and appliances, non- English words in spoken English, the guilt, and the stubbornness should all be familiar to anyone who grew up in a working class, ethnicreligious home. Playwright Tom Dudzick nails the Polish-Catholic family in “Miracle on South Division Street,” which is no doubt transcribed from his own experience. In spite of its familiar character types and “traditional values”-themed story, Williamston Theatre’s production, directed by Rob Roznowski, feels refreshingly original.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
10th Annual Punks Vs. Pokes, Friday, Dec. 12 With a promise of “tuneful twang, thunderous punk and everything in between,” each year Punks Vs. Pokes hosts a dueling roster of punk rock and alt-country bands at Mac’s Bar. The annual showcase is hosted by Aaron Bales of...
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Last minute gift guide: The vinyl frontier

local entrepreneurs make art out of old record albums

by Allan I. Ross
Who knows why interest in vinyl records is waxing these days. Perhaps it’s the soothing crackles and pops of a needle sneaking through the grooves, or maybe it’s just nostalgia for dust jackets and liner notes. But for Records Redone, albums are both the message and the medium.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
While yoga, spinning and boot camp classes will soon be filled to capacity by New Year’s resolution makers, local women have a new option that is bound to be a conversation starter: Pole dancing. Welcome to Stilettos & Steel Fitness on Lansing’s west side. “This isn’t training for the strip club,” said owner/ instructor Candice Tess. “Pole builds confidence and strength. A lot of women come thinking this would be fun, but say they’re really impressed how hard of a workout it is.”
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

How deep the rabbit hole goes

New Saper exhibit threatens to peel the skin off the real world

by Jonathan Griffith
While browsing the eclectic works along the walls of East Lansing’s Saper Galleries, it’s easy to feel like you’ve tumbled down one hell of a cultural rabbit hole. The pieces come from eras throughout time and from all over the world, with styles and media as varied as the subject matter. If there’s could be a factor that lends consistency to this artistic smorgasbord, it’s the enthusiasm for the works by the gallery’s owner, Roy Saper. With energetic aplomb, Saper can illustrate the ways of how well deserved an exhibit’s home on his walls can be.
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